August 2, 2021

A job in mental health has become an ever-present buzzword in the workplace.

But how do you get one?

And what skills and knowledge do employers want?

In an interview with The Irish Sun, Mental Health Ireland’s chief executive, Dr Alan McNamara, discussed how the job market is evolving, as well as the benefits and risks of taking a career in mental illness.

As for how to get one, it’s not as easy as you might think, he said.

“It’s about getting the skills and experience, you have to be able to work in an environment where you can get to grips with the people you are dealing with, the environment and the issues,” McNamara said.

He said the key to getting a job with Mental Health is having the right background, and being able to communicate well and effectively.

“You have to have the ability to communicate in an engaging way, so that people can get the message that this is the person they need to work with,” he said, adding that he expects to see more jobs advertised in the future in the field.

There are about 20,000 mental health professionals working in the UK, with the average number of job vacancies for people with mental health issues standing at 1,500.

However, according to the Mental Health Foundation, that figure is likely to rise as mental health awareness increases.

It is estimated that up to 25% of people who suffer from depression are seeking mental health treatment.